Summer Vacation http://wesa.fm en End of Summer Getaways http://wesa.fm/post/end-summer-getaways <p>With the arrival of Labor Day weekend, summer will soon be coming to an end. Travel contributor <strong>Elaine Labalme</strong> says forecasts call for good weather over the next few days, and families should take full advantage.</p><p>Luckily for Pittsburghers, there are a variety of activities nearby for families to check out this holiday weekend. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:23:36 +0000 Katie Blackley 15681 at http://wesa.fm End of Summer Getaways Separating Myth From Fact in 'Summer Brain Drain' http://wesa.fm/post/separating-myth-fact-summer-brain-drain <p>If you consume any amount of media at all, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with the idea that kids tend to lose ground academically during the summer months.</p><p>But what is the so-called “summer brain drain?” Is it real, or a media invention? And just how concerned should you be?</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 10917 at http://wesa.fm Separating Myth From Fact in 'Summer Brain Drain' Why Do Schools Take a Summer Vacation? http://wesa.fm/post/why-do-schools-take-summer-vacation <p>When you ask most Americans why children get a break from school in the summer you usually get one of two answers.&nbsp;</p><p>Warren Sullivan of Hermitage provided the most popular answer while visiting Pittsburgh last month: “I think it was agriculture wasn’t it? I mean, it’s probably the season … a few generations ago anyway.”</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 10905 at http://wesa.fm Why Do Schools Take a Summer Vacation? Life of Learning Series: Why Do We Have Summer Vacation? http://wesa.fm/post/life-learning-series-why-do-we-have-summer-vacation <p></p><p>Alice Cooper famously sang, "School's out for summer," but why, exactly, do schools close from June to September? WESA's Life of Learning initiative begins with this report by 90.5 WESA Senior News Editor <strong>Mark Nootbaar</strong>. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:50:09 +0000 Heather McClain 11025 at http://wesa.fm Life of Learning Series: Why Do We Have Summer Vacation?